Greece Travel: Highlights and Must-sees

 

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Greece travel offers Kiwi travellers a myriad of natural wonders, ancient sites and architectural marvels.

The stark natural beauty and remnants of ancient civilisations have attracted visitors to Greece for centuries. Its pretty islands cast like precious stones across the Aegean Sea, together with the Greeks’ unsurpassed joie de vivre, combine to make Greece a truly unique destination with everlasting appeal.

In Athens see such classical ruins as the Parthenon and Acropolis. The Greek Isles beckon with Santorini and it’s violent volcanic history including the enormous volcanic eruption in 1450 BC, said to have destroyed legendary Atlantis.

Mykonos’ narrow streets, whitewashed houses, churches and a raging nightlife to Crete’s high mountains, long sandy beaches and fertile valleys, home to Europe’s first advanced civilisation, the Minoans, not to mention Rhodes with a virtual treasure trove of art and history.

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Greek Island hopping is the best and easiest way to explore the Greek Islands. Try to visit the islands outside the height of the European summer, preferably May to early July or in September when you can avoid the swarming tourists and experience a more peaceful break.

Our pick of the many islands – and they all offer stunning scenery and have the warm Aegean Sea at their doorstep – would be Santorini, Naxos and Mykonos.

Each island has its own unique flavour: Santorini has the most beautiful sunsets backdropped by whitewashed villages and azure blue roofs; Naxos is characterized by its venetian town, many picturesque and wonderful mountainous villages, the fertile valleys, the long golden sandy beaches and the crystalline turquoise waters; Mykonos island is famous for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, its exciting nightlife, its picturesque whitewashed houses and blue domed churches and magnificent sandy beaches; Thassos as the Green island and its crystal clear beaches.

When to go:
Between Apr-Sep. Outside of these months can be cold (extremely cool in the north) and wet in some areas. High season (Jul-Aug) is hot and humid. This is also the time when the winds can get up causing havoc to ferry schedules. From end of November to early April most tourist facilities go into hibernation – they are either closed or drastically reduced.